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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/14/18

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Aaron Boone talks lineup depth; similarities between Boone and Joe Torre; Tim Lincecum and Mike Moustakas are on the Yankees’ radar

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“Oh, I’m just thinking of the possible lineups.”
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch - Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday, which means Aaron Boone met with the media. The Yankees manager discussed a number of items with the reporters, but he placed special emphasis on the slugging pair of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who is now a Yankee as I have been told. “I think the one thing that is exciting about both of those guys is, obviously, we’ve got an MVP and a Rookie of the Year,” he explained. Yeah, this is going to be fun.

New York Post | Joel Sherman - During his press conference, Boone talked about how much he learned from Joe Torre. Sherman finds this interesting considering the number of parallels that exist between the two Yankees managers. Both followed successful predecessors and inherited vastly talented rosters. The decision to hire Torre played out pretty well for the Bombers. Cross your fingers Boone does the same.

FanRag | Jon Heyman - Tim Lincecum last pitched in the majors in 2016. He tossed 38.1 innings worth of 9.16 ERA baseball for the Angels. The Freak, however, has hit the weight room and is preparing for a comeback. The Yankees have some degree of interest in the right-hander and will be attending his showcase. Maybe the pinstripes could rejuvenate his career. It worked for Bartolo Colon after all!

Yahoo Sports Staff | Big League Stew - With fantasy baseball on the horizon, the crew over at Yahoo Sports compiled a list of the most overrated players in baseball. A pair of Yankees sadly made the squad. Aroldis Chapman serves as the closer of the team, which makes sense. He struggled for long stretches of the season last year. Sonny Gray made the rotation, however, and I have beef with that. After all, Gray has a better slider than Justin Verlander.

FanRag | Jon Heyman - Brian Cashman is prepared to go into the season with rookie Miguel Andujar at third base. That is of course unless he isn’t. According to Heyman, the Yankees have kept in touch with free agent bat Mike Moustakas. He would give the Bombers a video game lineup and, as a left-handed bat, would take aim at the short porch. The problem, of course, is money. The Yankees are intent on getting under the luxury tax threshold, though, so this one is a long shot.